Rodless Exploration Drill Rig Rolls Toward Commercialization
New drill rig technology, claimed to have the potential to drastically cut exploration costs, has undergone successful field trials in outback South Australia, according to a report published by the joint Australian government/mining industry research organization that originated the concept.
RoXplorer, a coiled tubing drill rig, was developed by the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC) in South Australia and underwent its first extensive, field drilling trials in late February and early March.
According to DET CRC, the trial site, 20 kilometers (km) west of Port Augusta, was adjacent to a hole previously drilled by conventional (diamond) drilling methods and provided a typical example of the thick cover sequence of the Olympic Iron-Oxide-Copper-Gold (IOCG) Province of South Australia.
South32 Plugs into GE Data Platform
GE and South32 recently announced the signing of a three-year strategic partnership intended to “to assist in the development of South32’s technology roadmap and activation of the company’s digital transformation.”
The partnership, which GE said is its first with an Australian mining company in the digital space, represents “a step towards playing a much bigger role in the global mining sector.” South 32 also noted that GE is “the ideal partner,” as the mining company has recently embarked upon its own digital transformation.
TAKRAF to Install Equipment for Bauxite Plant
TAKRAF GmbH has secured a major contract for the turnkey supply and installation of a bauxite handling plant in Guinea, West Africa. Project value is approximately €100 million.
FLSmidth Signs Equipment/Engineering MOU for Phosphate Project
Arianne Phosphate, a Canadian company currently advancing the Lac à Paul project in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, has signed a memorandum of understanding agreement with FLSmidth to provide all production equipment and engineering for the future plant, in collaboration with the various key suppliers involved in the project development.